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How to increase visibility in Black Ops Cold War: Best settings

Published: 16/Nov/2020 12:20 Updated: 16/Nov/2020 14:46

by James Busby


Many Black Ops Cold War players are currently struggling to see their enemies in the game’s multiplayer modes, so here’s how you can instantly increase your visibility. 

Visibility is one of the most important aspects of any FPS title, particularly when you want to increase the number of kills you are able to get. However, Black Ops Cold War currently has a big visibility issue that is leading to a lot of frustrating deaths. From numerous head glitches to operators blending in with various terrain, there are a number of things that make spotting your enemies increasingly difficult. 

When you combine this with the game’s poor map visibility and blisteringly fast kill times, you have a rather annoying multiplayer experience. While Treyarch have been listening to player concerns over the past few days, they have yet to officially address this frustrating issue. In the meantime, be sure to use the tips below to help increase Black Ops Cold War’s poor visibility.

Tweak your graphics settings

Black Ops Cold War settings
Activision / Treyarch
It may look ugly, but it will help you spot your foes.

While console players don’t have this luxury, if you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on PC, then you’re in luck. Turning down the game’s visuals not only helps with visibility, it will also increase your framerate. Having smoother, more responsive gameplay is also a bonus for anyone looking to bolster their KDA.

We found the following settings to be the best for in-game visibility: 

Details & Textures

  • Texture Quality: Lowest
  • Model Quality: Low
  • Special Effects Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low
  • Object View Distance: Low

Shadow & Lighting

  • Volumetric Lighting: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Dynamic Shadows: All
  • Special Effect Shadows: Disabled

Ray Tracing

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled 
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: Quality 
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabled 
  • Motion Blur: Disabled 
  • Motion Blur Quality: Low
  • Subsurface Scattering: Enabled 
  • Order Independent Transparency: Disabled

Turn off health bars

Black Ops Cold War Health Bars
Activision / Treyarch
Turning this option off is a must for any player.

Enemy health bars can be useful for knowing how low a specific player is, but it can also hinder your overall visibility, particularly when multiple enemy health bars overlap. Fortunately, you can turn this option off via the game’s settings. In order to do this, follow the settings below: 

  • Navigate to the settings menu. 
  • Click on Interface.
  • Scroll down to HUD Elements.
  • Set enemy and allied health bars to hidden.

Turning this option off may sound counterintuitive, but it is a must for those who wish to reduce screen clutter and increase visual clarity. 

Change enemy name colors

Black Ops Cold War colorblind settings
Activision / Treyarch
Pick a color that really makes your enemies stand out.

The standard enemy name colors can often blend into the game’s surroundings, making it incredibly difficult to tell friend from foe. Fortunately, Black Ops Cold War allows you to change this option. You can do this by following the instructions outlined below:

  • Navigate to the settings menu.
  • Click on Graphics. 
  • Scroll down to Display.
  • Click on Colorblind Modes.
  • Select from the colors listed.

We recommend choosing a particularly bright color that will stand out from the game’s darker backgrounds. Whenever you ADS, you should be able to see enemies more clearly and line up those all-important headshots with ease. 

So there you have it, three quick ways you can increase your visibility in Black Ops Cold War.  If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton


Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.